alicekatex | ♡

A british beauty blog about all things health and beauty. I started with beauty but have grown an obsession with being healthy and clean eating. Follow on bloglovin if you want to join me on my blogging journey! I love to throw some lifestyle mosts in for good measure including travel! x

Thursday, 26 November 2015

Dress Lust List

As party season is upon us, I can't help but think about buying new party wear. I love fancy dresses; they are my favourite clothing type to wear. These dresses could be worn to a friends birthday, for New Years Eve or even just for a Saturday night out.

1 / Plunge Ladder Detail Skater Dress Black / £40 / Link

2 / Lace Bodycon Dress Grey / £28 / Link

3 / Silky Plunge Skater Dress Nude / £40 / Link

4 / Cut Away Rib Dress Taupe / £22 / Link

5 / Marisa Black halterneck mini dress / £20 / Link

6 / Jestina Gold Sequin Maxi Dress / £35 / Link

7 / Blaine Beige Metallic Top Bodycon Dress / £20 / Link

8 / Angel Rose Sequin Cross Front Mini Dress / £30 / Link

9 / Laya Silver Glitter Rib Lattice Side Bodycon Dress / £25 / Link

Which ones would you buy?

Lots Of Love,



Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Christmas Beauty Lust List

1 - Charlotte Tilbury Dolce Vita Eyeshadow Palette / £38 / Link
2 - Laura Mercier Sweet Temptations Ambre Vanille Luxe Body Collection / £49 / Link
3 - Anastacia Brow Wiz / £15.50 / Link
4 - NARS Matte Multiple in V / £29 / Link
5 - Zoeva Makeup Brush Set / 65 euros / Link
6 - NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer / £22 / Link
7 - Laura Mercier Secret Concealer / £19.50 / Link
8 - Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet Lipstick / £26 / Link
9 - Hourglass Ambient Lightning Palette / £65 / Link
10 - Lorac Pro Palette / $42 / Link

What are you lusting for this Christmas??

 Lots Of Love,


Sunday, 22 November 2015

Boots Beauty Haul

When I went home from university  for the weekend and had access to a car, I took a trip to Boots. (obviously). I was going out for my friends birthday so decided to pick up some eyelashes a nice matte foundation. I am so happy with all my purchases and the 3 for 2 offer at Boots makes it even better.

L'Oreal Infallible 24 Hour Matte Foundation / £7.99 / Link : I have been using the Rimmel Wake Me Up foundation for a year or so now and it is quite a dewy finish which I liked. However I felt that in pictures I always looked a little shiny. As the weather gets dry, my face actually gets quite oily. This is a really good foundation and stays on all day. It doesn't budge at all. I genuinely think it is the best foundation in the drugstore that I have ever tried.

Rimmel Stay Matte Powder / £3.99 / Link : I have used this for so long so it was just a repurchase. I don't need to say too much as I have talked about it on my blog for a while but it instantly mattifies the skin and the transcluent one I always get means it doesn't alter your foundation colour.

Maybelline Master Sculpt Contour Kit / £6.99 / Link : I have seen this in Boots for some time now and have always wanted to try it. I saw that Mollie from The Saturdays was advertising it and as she is so beautiful, obviously it made me want it. I haven't really used the highlighter, I quite like using the MAC mineralize skin finish in Soft and Gentle and I don't think much could beat that. The contour colour is a really nice matte shadow brown colour - perfect for its job, contouring the face.

Fleur De Force by Eyelure Eyelashes / £5.25 / Link
Nip and Fab Glycolic Scrub / £9.95 (£6.63 on offer currently) / Link : I have used this a few times now and I can honestly say it is a fantastic product. It contains salycylic acid which clears the pores of dirt as well as glycolic acid which is an exfoliant. After using this, my skin feels so smooth.

Sanctuary Spa 5 minute thermal detox mask / £10 (£6.67 on offer currently) / Link : I love this mask as I really feel like it is clearing out my pores. I can feel it doing something as it kind of warms up on your face. Definitely unique as I have never had a thermal face mask before. The price is great and is a lovely 'high end for the drugstore' product.
Boots brow brush and eyelash comb / £4.50 / Link
Real Techniques Shading brush / £7.99 / Link
Brushes aren't too exciting but needed a brow brush and the Real Techniques brush has been on my wishlist for a while. I love Real Techniques brushes so much!

Now it is getting to christmas and all the deals are in full force, what have you been buying?

 Lots Of Love,


Sunday, 15 November 2015

My First Charlotte Tilbury Product!

So today I am going to talk about my first ever Charlotte Tilbury product. I really want more products from the brand as the packaging looks so stunning and I heard such good reviews about so many of them. I'd really like to try the Dolce Vita eyeshadow palette and the Film star bronze and glow. I am impressed with this product and it most definitely feels like a luxury item.

The shade is a nudey pink kind of shade and appears quite sheer on the lips. It isn't opaque nor matte so is a really wearable shade that can be reapplied without a mirror. This is because it is part of the 'KI.S.S.I.N.G' collection which I am guessing means you can kiss people whilst you wear it because it is sheer! It is pretty pricey for a lipstick (£23) but it will definitely get good use as it is so wearable for everyday or even on a night out paired with smokey eyes.

If I were to buy another lipstick from Charlotte Tilbury I would try one from her 'Matte Revolution' collections as I feel they would be more noticeable and perhaps the lipstick pay off would be worth a little more of the £23 price tag.

What other Charlotte Tilbury products should I try?

 Lots Of Love,


Friday, 13 November 2015

Venice Part Two: Murano

Following on from my previous post, I am going to share the beautiful place that is Murano with you. It is an island just off the coast of Venice: about a 7 minute water taxi/bus journey away. This is the island where we stayed for my surprise birthday trip and as you may know, it is famous for Murano glass. We spent the last day of our trip exploring this wonderful town and of course, eating in a beautiful Italian garden.

After looking in all the intricate Murano glass shops and walking past a really cool glass sculpture, we decided it was time for lunch. The #1 Murano restaurant according to tripadvisor was closed so we headed to the restaurant at the #2 spot and I am so glad we did. Situated in a beautiful italian-esque garden surrounded my trees and beautiful architecture we sat down to eat some food. The bruschetta to start was amazing; the best I have ever had. I had tomato pasta with scampi for my mains but wish I went for pizza (again!) because it just looked so good! We then had these really cool desserts upon recommendation from the waitress: white chocolate cream with coconut biscuit and different sauces on the top. Definitely something different from your typical brownie or cheesecake.

After more exploring, we sat at our hotel cafe overlooking the canal where the waterbus station was situated and watched the sun set. We left on our hotel water tranfer at about 5.30 to go to the airport. I was extremely sad to be leaving. Our hotel was called 'La Gare Venezia' (Venezia = Venice in Italian... not meaning to sound patronising but it actually took me a little while to notice). It was a 5* hotel and the decor was so classic, fresh, modern italian. I'll leave you a few pictures of the hotel here so finish off the post!

So thanks for reading and I hope you like these kind of travel posts. I have been lucky enough to visit quite a few places this year so my blog has shifted over to the more travel/lifestyle aspect. I have beauty posts scheduled though so it will still be a mixture on the whole.


 Lots Of Love,



Tuesday, 10 November 2015

A Surprise Birthday Trip To Venice

So last week it was my birthday and my boyfriend told me that I had to leave a few days free so that I was going to miss Halloween. I genuinely thought we would be heading to London and doing some sightseeing there. He tricked me when he said 'Yes but where abouts in London?' ... turns out it was London Gatwick airport!!

Upon arriving at Venice airport, I was mesmerised about instead of a bus or train station, it was a water boat station. The airport is on the mainland but Venice is an island connecting to the mainland via a long road but the main way to get there is by water taxi or water boat. 

We stayed at an amazing hotel in Murano which is an island really close to Venice, about a 7 minute boat ride from the coast of Venice and is actually closer to the airport. It is famous for Murano glass and we spent our third and final today exploring it. Our first and second days were spent in Venice so as I have A LOT of pictures, I am going to put this in to two posts; part one will be Venice city and part two will be Murano.

In Venice, we wandered around looking at the amazing architecture and eating incredible Italian food such as pizza, pasta and gelato. Italian food is officially my favourite even more so than before. We visited the famous St Mark's square and on the second evening we sat on the south of the island and watched a cruise ship pass through the south coast of Venice and southern island of Giudecca. It was pretty fascinating - those things are big.

Have you guys ever been to Venice? 
Look out for my next post which will detail my day in Murano and my hotel and everything.

 Lots Of Love,


Thursday, 29 October 2015

Gift Ideas for the Man in your Life

When it comes to getting presents for the males in my life, I always struggle. After having a few years experience buying presents for men, I feel I can put together a comprehensive gift guide together. As Christmas is around the corner, I hope I can shed some inspiration on this somewhat difficult matter whether it be your partner or your lil bro. 

Sports tickets - What man doesn't love some sort of sport? Whether it be football, rugby or cricket, try get tickets to a sport he really likes. If you can't afford that and it is a bit out of your price range, why not get tickets for a stadium tour? You can get football stadium tours to Old Trafford and Anfield for around £15 a ticket. 

A nice trip - It was my boyfriends 21st birthday recently and I took him on a trip to Liverpool. We visited Anfield stadium, stayed in a nice hotel and went for a meal by the docks. You can read my post here. A nice trip away, or a night away as I did, would be a great present for you and your partner to create memories together.

Aftershave - This is such a classic present for a man that has everything. Whether it be his favourite scent or a new one, almost every man wears aftershave. Expensive ones may be an ideal luxe gift to make him feel special. Men like to feel good too!

DIY Scrapbook - This is particularly effective when buying for a partner. Make him a scrapbook of his life or perhaps a scrapbook of your relationship. You could include photos of yourselves on holiday and tickets you got when being there ie. train tickets, attraction tickets and boarding passes. Believe it or not, men do actually like to be soppy. I made one for my boyfriends 21st and he loved it.

Money/Gift Vouchers - This is more useful if buying for a nephew or something, but you can't go wrong with a gift voucher. Teenage boys are going to love gift vouchers, and more so will love receiving money.

Gaming Things - If he has a Playstation or Xbox then why not get him a new game that has been released? There's always some new game phenomena! If you have a big budget, you could always get him a new console. You will definitely be in his good books for quite some time.

Make a personal gift box - I did this for my boyfriend last Christmas and he really liked it. I put some random favourites in there such as his favourite chocolate, a bottle of port, some Christmas socks and boxers, a mug and a scratch map. It is a thoughtful gift and then he has lots of presents to open (or look at!)

A Hip Flask - I feel this would be a great present for men both young and old, as what man doesn't like alcohol? The young en's like it to avoid paying ridiculous prices for drinks in the club and the old men like it as a nice sophisticated product. This hipflask from SWIG is such a nice present idea as they are designed to last for generations, a truly memorable keep-sake present which are of an amazing quality! You can buy gift sets and even get a hip flash engraved to make it super personal! This is their story:
"SWIG was born when the lightening storm of fate struck the electrolyte water of destiny, creating the wiggling proteins of inspiration, and I realised just how bloody hard it is to a buy a man a gift. At exactly the same time, I was also struggling to find a decent hip flask. Most were either comedy items or valuable antiques, and both impractical. So, clasping these twin problems in one hand, and a lightning bolt in the other, I forged SWIG: the UK’s first hip flask brand, dedicated to making the best flasks on the market, and perfect for gifting." 
I think it is a great gift idea, especially if you want to buy something that can be handed down through generations and is of the best quality. It is ideal for any man of legal drinking age and is a sophisticated and personalised gift.
So there are some ideas if you are struggling to think of what to get your boyfriend, dad, uncle, nephew, granddad or just your male friend this Christmas. Obviously, these gifts would be good for someones birthday too. Let me know if you have any more ideas, we can all help each other out!

 Lots Of Love,

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